Re: [Gimp-user] HATE the new save vs. export behavior

Or instead of the GIMP developers assuming that the users of GIMP are too stupid to know what they want, they 
could just let the user make all the decisions in a modal fashion.

If I start GIMP and generate a New file, bring up the usual file dialog with all the types of files that GIMP 
knows how to save and let the user select one filetype -- .xcf, jpeg, tiff -- whatever.  Then when the user 
eventually clicks Save, the file is saved as that type of file -- .xcf, jpeg, tiff -- whatever.

If the user wants to save it as a different type of file he clicks Save As and proceeds similarly to just 
about every other computer program that allows saving of work.  I am the better judge of what file format I 
want to save my work as than a programmer somewhere else in time and space.

Why are the GIMP developers interposing their own preferences on all the people who use and support GIMP?  
They are making this a much more complicated and contentious problem than it needs be

Alex Vergara Gil wrote:

El 03/05/2012 09:42 a.m., Richard Gitschlag escribió:
I'm on the fence. On one hand, I fully understand the reason for this change; on the other, it's such a sudden change (compared to every previous version of GIMP ever) that it CAN (and, really, should) be handled better:

When you use the "Save As" command and type a filename other than XCF, I would personally want to see, instead of simply telling you that Save is only for GIMP's native .xcf format and use the "Export" command for other formats, give it a prompt -- have it ask something like " 'Save' uses GIMP's internal image format only - would you like to Export a copy in [file format]? [export / cancel]"

Likewise, if you've opened up an image from a non-XCF format, the "Save" (not "Save As") command should ask whether you intend to save the file in GIMP's native XCF format or re-export it back to the original file format. (Current behavior is to pop up the "Save As" dialog box, just the same as with a new image -- which tends to result in situation #1 described above)

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+1 with this
this seems to be the best approach I've seen in this discussion


> From: maurice bcs org uk
> To: gimp-user-list gnome org
> Date: Thu, 3 May 2012 15:53:31 +0100
> Subject: Re: [Gimp-user] HATE the new save vs. export behavior
> On Thursday 03 May 2012 10:15:29 Jay Smith wrote:
> > when editing a JPG, repeatedly
> > saving/exporting to JPG (your step 4) reduces the quality (actually
> > compresses / deletes data).
> Having been away I've just been reading this thread, and would like to
> add my wish to those others who are unhappy at the sudden change in the
> Save dialogue.
> In my case, I am not "repeatedly saving/exporting' to JPG", but only
> once per image (to write annotation), and I would guess that applies to
> many other users of Gimp - though possibly a minority.
> Having thus introduced myself to the wonderful Gimp, I am tempted to
> go on to make use of more powerful functions.
> Is there really no room for a simple compromise that would satisfy both
> the more professional and the more casual users?
> "Where there's a will there's a way"...
> Regards,
> --
> /\/\aurice (Retired in Surrey, UK)
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